Exploring Directional Consistency in Offending: The Case of Residential Burglary in The Hague

Stijn Van Daele, W. Bernasco

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Many aspects of human behaviour are remarkably stable across times, places and situations. Repetition and predictability also characterises our geographical behaviour. Prior research has confirmed that criminal behaviour is no exception. Offenders tend to recidivate, and recidivists tend to be behaviourally consistent in many aspects, including geographical ones. The present study assesses directional consistency in offending. It reviews the literature on directional consistency. It proposes an improved measure of directional consistency, and empirically uses this measure to explore directional consistency amongst a set of 268 burglars in The Hague.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-148
JournalJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • journey-to-crime
  • behavioural consistency
  • spatial analysis
  • directional statistics
  • burglary

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